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Feb 12, 2020 - 12:20 PM



21537 posts since 7/6/2005

I have a old Stella Bluebird banjo that is missing the pearloid fingerboard overlay at the space between the last fret and the tension hoop. The problem with replacing it is finding the right color and pattern and a piece wide enough and thin enough. I have two tenor neck with pearloid fingerboards, but the acetate is not wide enough for the 5-string neck. And it is also too thick. This material is really thin and the position markers are embossed at 5, 7, 10, 12, 15. Precision drum wrap is too thick I think.

Somebody sent me a piece of peghead overlay several years ago, and it didn't match up either. If anybody has a piece of old pearloid veneer, I would like to buy it.

failing that, I'm thinking I may photograph the pearloid and print it on glossy paper and coat it with thin superglue or casting resin.

I have recently taken on a clawhammer student and I don't have a thumper to use. My first choice would be a vintage open-back. 2nd would be a modern banjo such as a RK -024 California or RK-OT25. But I have this one at $0.00.(Dumpster find)I just need to clean up the metal parts, add tuners and tailpiece head bridge and strings, all of which I already have. My wife is not receptive of the idea of buying "another banjo," even though she knows how much I'd really like one....


Edited by - beegee on 02/12/2020 12:34:55

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:34:55 PM

1528 posts since 6/2/2010

Is there any chance you use two pieces from the tenor and then sand them down to the correct thickness?

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:18:51 PM

625 posts since 5/31/2004

I think sanding them would reveal white underneath.

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:56:06 PM



21537 posts since 7/6/2005

The pieces are’t large enough or I would sand the underside. I may be able to, anyway, splicing and blending using acetone to melt the joint.


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